December Loving Spoonful Fundraisers for the Love Kitchen

Final month of Loving Spoonful fundraisers benefit the Love Kitchen.

“Never take the last piece of bread. Someone may come by in need of it” is one of the three principles guiding the Love Kitchen for more than 27 years. And in that spirit, we ask Knoxvillians to break bread with the Love Kitchen as The Tomato Head hosts its final month of Loving Spoonful fundraisers for 2015.

Join the Love Kitchen and The Tomato Head each Tuesday in December as they host fundraisers with a portion of the proceeds from all food and drink sales (beer & wine included) generated during lunch and dinner at both Tomato Head locations going directly to The Love Kitchen.

“The Love Kitchen is very excited to partner with The Tomato Head to raise money to help feed the people of our community. Since the Love Kitchen has no paid staff, 100% of the money donated goes directly to helping the people who need it the most,” said Patrick Riggins, President of the Love Kitchen.

On Tuesday, December 16, both Tomato Head locations host a pint night featuring RJ Rockers Brewing Company. When a customer orders any RJ Rockers on draft, they’ll get a free RJ Rockers pint glass while supplies last.

“Because they spread love and kindness through food, the Love Kitchen was an obvious choice to be our December Loving Spoonful partner,” said Mahasti Vafaie Tomato Head owner. “The fact that they are so immensely successful through an all-volunteer workforce means that nearly 100% of all donations go directly to homeless and homebound folks in our community.”

On February 14, 1986; the Love Kitchen first served 22 people in a small church in east Knoxville. Today, the Love Kitchen has its own building about 2 blocks from where it started and serves over 3,000 meals each week with more than eighty percent of those meals being delivered to homebound recipients.

For more information or interviews, please contact Patrick Riggins, The Love Kitchen President, at 865-546-3248 and thelovekitchen@gmail.com, or Michael Kuczmarski, The Tomato Head’s Marketing Director, at marketing@thetomatohead.com and 865-850-2318.

To donate directly to the Love Kitchen, visit http://www.thelovekitchen.org/donate/

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About The Love Kitchen

The Love Kitchen, founded by sisters Helen Ashe and Ellen Turner, provides meals, clothing and emergency food packages to homebound, homeless and unemployed persons. The organization has no paid staff; all donations go to those who need it most. Their ultimate goal is to provide nourishment for anyone who is hungry and to establish a community center to serve as a safe haven supporting area children and their families.

About The Tomato Head

Opened in 1990, The Tomato Head is committed to helping the community by supporting sustainable agriculture, giving to East Tennessee nonprofits, and recycling its packaging waste. Its charitable donation program, Loving Spoonful, is a partnership between East Tennessee nonprofits and the restaurant. It consists of a series of Tuesday fundraisers with a percentage of the proceeds raised going to our community partner of the month.

Loving Spoonful

We believe in the power of community.

Supporting our neighbors is part of our responsibility not only as business people but also as citizens of our city. As such, The Tomato Head is committed to teaming up with East Tennessee organizations to enrich the lives of the less fortunate in our community.

We ask you to join us every month as we break bread and raise a pint for a deserving local organization by attending one of our Loving Spoonful fundraisers.

Loving Spoonful is a partnership between East Tennessee nonprofits, regional craft breweries, Flour Head Bakery and The Tomato Head. We’ll hold a series of fundraisers every month at both Tomato Head locations with a percentage of the proceeds raised going to our community partner.

We launched our program in February 2014 with proceeds benefiting one of Knoxville’s biggest supporters of local culture as well as being a valuable independent voice – WUTK 90.3 UT’s College of Rock. WUTK receives zero financial support for the University of Tennessee and funds were raised for a much needed audio board. Blue Pants Brewery kicked off our year by supplying delicious craft beer from Madison, AL for our WUTK special events.

The East Tennessee nonprofits we’ve celebrated in the first half of 2014 include Junior Achievement in March with Highland Brewing Company as our brewery partner,  Appalachian Mountain Bike Club and Foothills Brewing Company in April, Beardsley Community Farm and French Broad Brewing Company, Ijams Nature Center and Turtle Anarchy in June. July’s charitable partner is the Clarence Brown Theatre with Yazoo Brewing Company from Nashville as our tasty craft beer provider.

We have future fundraisers planned for Imagination Library/Knox County Libraries in August, Friends of Literacy in September, Childhelp USA in October, The Muse of Knoxville in November, and we end the year in December with fundraisers for Knoxville’s favorite set of twins, Helen and Ellen from the Love Kitchen.

Why the change?

By concentrating our energies on one nonprofit per month, we are better able to measure the impact of our giving as well as direct more money to and create greater awareness of each organization. Your continued support of The Tomato Head will further our charitable giving.

Each Tuesday of the month, a portion of the proceeds from all food and drink sales generated during lunch and dinner at both Tomato Head locations goes directly to nonprofit partner of the month.

GIVING POLICY

Because of the significant number of donation requests we receive, we have put the following criteria and guidelines in place.

To be eligible for participation in our charitable giving program, preference is given to secular 501(c)3 groups that maintain a focus within the following areas:

  • Women & Children – Dedicated to the well-being of women and children with a particular interest in serving children with special needs, survivors of domestic violence, or at-risk populations in our community.
  • Arts, Culture & Humanities – Focused on preserving, commemorating and celebrating the artistic and cultural heritage of East Tennessee, including studio artists, performance art groups, public broadcasters, schools and museums.
  • Human Services – Attend to the housing needs of the homeless, feeding the hungry, or providing literacy programs for children and adults.
  • Environment – Promote conservation and sustainable management of land, water, plant and energy resources; promote preservation and appreciation of environment, including outdoor activities.

WE DO NOT FUND

  • Educational Institutions (Exceptions are made for organizations within a university.)
  • Endowment Campaigns
  • Direct grants or scholarships to individuals
  • Political causes, candidates, organizations or campaigns
  • Advertising in charitable publications
  • Sports Organizations
  • Labor Groups
  • Conferences, galas and charity balls

HOW TO BECOME A TOMATO HEAD PARTNER:

All applications submitted must include the following information:

  • Organization’s Name, Address and Office Phone Number (we do not mail to P.O. Box addresses)
  • Organization’s IRS 501(c)3 number
  • Organization’s mission statement
  • Current roster of officers and board members
  • Summary of past year’s program service accomplishments with demonstrative results from previous fundraisers. For example, donating $10 provides (x) amount of services or feeds (x) number of people. See how Friends of Literacy describe their accomplishments (http://friendsofliteracy.org/donate/).
  • Three (3) most recent Form 990
  • Contact Person’s Name, Phone Number and Email Address
Due to the number of applications received, The Tomato Head does not accept phone calls regarding the status of a particular request and regrets that we cannot fulfill every one. Once your application has been reviewed, you will receive notification as to whether or not your request has been approved. Our preference is to direct our limited resources to local groups demonstrating the greatest need. Therefore, we are not able to accommodate out-of-area applications.

WHAT WE EVALUATE

Each charity is evaluated on two bases – alignment of charitable mission with our values as described above and the following financial performance metrics; these include but are not limited to program expenses, administrative expenses, fundraising expenses and fundraising efficiency. Financial efficiency metrics are based on criteria and benchmarks set by bbb.org, charitynavigator.org, givewell.org and guidestar.org.

WHO TO CONTACT

All requests must be submitted in writing on the organization’s letterhead (mail or email) to:

The Tomato Head

Attn: Michael Kuczmarski

12 Market Square
Knoxville, TN 37902

Or, submit your proposal to marketing@thetomatohead.com (Attn: Michael Kuczmarski)

The application deadline is 5PM EST, October 1 of current year to be considered for the next year’s partnership. No phone or in-person requests will be accepted other than materials dropped off for consideration.

Loving Spoonful Charitable Donation Program

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